For me the big thing comes down to availability or parts. There isn't anyone local who stocks a large assortment of parts for earthway or andersons. Atleast with a lesco if you ldamage the gear box you can grab another one the same day. Years ago when i got into fert I worked for Scotts, we used the andersons with the cone, those were the best I have ever used for a walk behind.
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!